Congratulations to CCF’s Summer Intern!

Congratulations to CCF’s Summer Intern!

The Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) congratulates Candido “Dido” Palomarez on completing his summer internship at CCF! Working with CCF’s development team provided Dido the opportunity to leverage his interests and talents while learning about Catholic philanthropy and developing professional skills.

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Letter From the President: Enhanced by Generosity

Letter From the President: Enhanced by Generosity

Every day I witness our donors live and lead in faith. They receive God’s blessings with gratitude and pass them on to those in need. And while they perhaps feel a spiritual need to give, it’s clear that they do not give out of obligation — they give as an act of faith.

St. Paul must have witnessed this phenomenon nearly two millennia ago […]

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Meet Our Grants Team

Meet Our Grants Team

The Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) exists to support financially the spiritual, educational, and social needs of our Catholic community. CCF’s grants team provides vital support for this mission.

“As our grantmaking has grown over the years, we’ve prioritized expanding our grants team to meet demand,” says CCF President Anne Cullen Miller […]

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Easy, Efficient, and Flexible Faith-Aligned Giving

Easy, Efficient, and Flexible Faith-Aligned Giving

Catholics in our community live generously. You eagerly support your parish operations, capital campaigns, scholarship funds,  ministries, and many nonprofit organizations both Catholic and secular. Sharing your treasure is one way you express your faith.

Your giving could become easier, more efficient, and more impactful with a donor advised fund […]

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CEOs of Catholic Community Foundations Gather

CEOs of Catholic Community Foundations Gather

Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) President Anne Cullen Miller recently attended the annual meeting of CEOs of Catholic community foundations nationwide. CEOs from 45 foundations gathered in Sioux Falls, SD, to exchange information, experiences, and strategies. Sponsored by the Consortium of Catholic Foundations, the purpose of the group is to accelerate the effectiveness and mission impact of each leader. […]

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Letter From the President: God’s Varied Grace

Letter From the President: God’s Varied Grace

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe that the staff of the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) has worked remotely for more than 18 months now. We’ve experienced profound changes since we last sat around our boardroom table together — as individuals, as a team, and as a community.

Although so much has changed externally, what drives us internally at CCF remains the same. I often call it our “secret sauce.” You can’t see it, but it’s what sets us apart: our mission and values. This part of our work — why and how we do it — is our living legacy.

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New Faces on Board

New Faces on Board

The Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) is honored to welcome three exceptionally accomplished women to our board of directors. Cynthia Bailey Manns, Monique (Trusclair) Maddox, and Margaret (Sarazin) Murphy, bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise that will advance CCF’s mission and benefit our community.

Cynthia Bailey Manns, D. Min., describes a background that’s a study in contrasts…

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How We Can Help the People of Ukraine

How We Can Help the People of Ukraine

Dear Friends of CCF, At the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF), we share the sentiments of Pope Francis that God is a God of peace and not of war, the father of all and not only of some. God wants us to be brothers, not enemies. As we bear witness to the violence unfolding in Ukraine, we’re deeply moved […]

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A Rare Free Lunch: IRA QCDs

A Rare Free Lunch: IRA QCDs

Candido Palomarez is a husband, father, and coach. As a Family CFO at Candido, Inc., he takes a holistic approach to coaching clients in wealth management. He specializes in Christian business owners, private school families, widows, and high earners. Candido and his family are parishioners at the Church of St. Anne in Hamel. Below, he highlights why you may want to consider using IRA required minimum distributions for your charitable giving.

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The Downside of IRA Required Minimum Distributions (and How to Avoid It)

The Downside of IRA Required Minimum Distributions (and How to Avoid It)

Some of the best tools for planning for retirement are pre-tax retirement accounts. Your income goes directly into these funds, without being taxed, and then grows tax free for years. You don’t have to worry about paying taxes on these accounts until you start withdrawing the money during retirement. But, all good things must come to an end. So, tax law requires that you…

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